Let there be broadband: Minster powers internet to hard-to-reach villagers

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Feb 2018

A PARTNERSHIP between an East Yorkshire internet provider and a church is set to provide hard-to-reach villagers with better broadband connectivity.

Quickline Communications is working with Howden Minster to give a helping hand to residents in the area suffering from poor internet connectivity. 

Deployment of Quickline aerials on the grade one-listed building have facilitated improvement in broadband speeds to villages within a ten-mile radius, offering connection speeds of up to 30Mbps. 

While some residents in the area have fibre broadband available, others receive below 1mbps. 

The new equipment will enable more than 250 properties in nearby villages to gain access to superfast broadband. 

These include Newsholme, Brind, Foggathorpe and Kilpin, as well as Knedlington, where currently half of the properties have access to fibre broadband, but the other half do not, as demand is too high.

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Hayley Silvester, from Quickline Communications, said: “As part of the ongoing partnership between Howden Minster and Quickline, we will be sponsoring a number of the events throughout the year, as well as providing wi-fi connectivity within the minster for use by parishioners before and after services and other social activities.”

“The Minster will also be able to stream services to people who may be unable to attend in person, as well as providing updates on repairs, alterations and fundraising activities using social media and a dedicated church email.”

Ms Silverster says that the firm’s wireless technology helps to reach internet users in rural areas.

She said: “Our technology is wireless and this gives us the ability to reach many rural areas that are not commercially viable for traditional telecoms.

“A fibre-enabled cabinet needs to be within two miles of a village in order to deliver maximum speeds, then copper cable is used to deliver the internet to the premise. 

“In many rural areas the cable travels across fields, uphill and down dale before reaching its final destination, which  then slows down the connection, making it almost impossible to download even a simple email.” 

Read more: Village pubs in East Yorkshire can get FREE wifi

Ian Stewart, secretary to the Howden and Barmby on the Marsh PCC, said: “Howden Minster is delighted to work with Quickline to provide high speed modern communications in the area. 

“Quickline is a local company and the Minster is the most significant building in our town. The Church is keen to play a role in modern society and this is one way we can help the flow of communications for everyone.” 

Catherine Copp, secretary to the Diocese of York’s Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches said: “Howden Minster is an outstanding building, which has served its community for more than 700 years, and we’re glad to be able to extend that  into the digital age.”

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